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Are you really paying attention to the state of your love life and your personal relationships? More importantly, are you willing to do some work to change things for the better? If so, this could be a pivotal week for you.

The week begins with Venus conjunct Saturn still in effect. On the one hand, this can have a definite cooling effect on your affections. On the other hand though, if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and do the work, that work will be rewarded. And yes, I know — there’s often a part of us unwilling to admit that love and relationships actually require work… but it’s absolutely true. This aspect will still be in effect by the weekend, and that’s when Venus conjunct Pluto is exact… and that could be the game-changer you need.

Venus conjunct Pluto can be emotionally demanding but ultimately rewarding. If you think of Venus as a nice, soft, fluffy puppy, then Venus conjunct Pluto can be a time when that puppy has to learn to fight for its life to survive. For many of you, this will be a week when your relationships are pushed to the breaking point. Fortunately, for many of you, it will also be a week when your connections to others are tested and the worthy ones survive and come out stronger than before.

The punchline to all this, though? You don’t have to be passive about it. You have a unique opportunity to take control of this situation, and that unique opportunity happens on Tuesday. I often tell people that a Full Moon is a terrific opportunity to see where the plot complications in your life will be in the next month, and to make things start to go your way. Tuesday’s Full Moon in Virgo is as emotionally charged as you would expect any Full Moon to be. What makes this Full Moon particularly significant is that not only is Venus both conjunct Saturn and Pluto, but in fact Venus is on the midpoint between those two planets. Think of it as a double-strength conjunction.

So, to summarize: you can let your love life and your finances and your diet and anything else Venus-related surf that same Pluto wave that it has been for the last two years… or you can take charge. You can sit down and figure out what real and practical changes you want in those departments and make it happen in the next month. The choice is entirely yours.

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I’ll be honest with you. Personally, I am a huge fan of love and romance… but, Valentine’s Day? Valentine’s Day is like one of those god-awful corporate “team builder” things — you know, the kind of thing where you’re forced to hang out and pretend you’re having fun with your coworkers because that will somehow help the company sell more widgets or whatever… and that’s if you’re in a relationship. If you aren’t in a relationship, the day might as well be called “Look At Who’s Alone Day.”

This year though? I find I’m strangely optimistic about things.

This week’s biggest influence is Mars conjunct Uranus, which is exact on Wednesday but can be felt throughout the week. If you are in a long-term relationship and need to turn the volume up on your sex life, this is a good time to try something new or different. If you are single and looking to change that, this aspect may be enough to get you or a potential partner off the fence and ready to get involved.

On Valentine’s Day, Mars enters Taurus. This placement doesn’t have the same zip and enthusiasm that Mars in Aries did, but Mars in Taurus has a distinct reputation for enjoying sensual delights. The big downside to this placement is that it has a tendency to not know where or when to focus its anger. For many, the attention they get on Valentine’s Day is a disappointment, so if your gift to a loved one is your usual last-minute box of candy from the drugstore and that last wilted bouquet from the florist, don’t be too surprised if your romantic partner rips you a new one. Again though, I’m optimistic, because the other big influence this week is Venus sextile Neptune. That aspect isn’t exact time until Sunday, but it will still do you some good on Valentine’s Day itself. Venus sextile Neptune is filled with sweetness and light, and it’s frankly a lot more romantic than most Mandatory Romance Days.

So, you see? There’s plenty of reason to be optimistic that this Valentine’s Day will turn out all right for you one way or another. But just to be safe, you better go and pick that present out now. Who knows how long that last box of candy has really been on the shelf? And whatever you do, don’t go cheap with it. Jupiter (natural ruler of committed relationships) is still in Sagittarius, and that placement responds well to generosity. Venus is still in Capricorn, and Venus in Capricorn hates “cheap.”

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It’s time to get down to business with your love life!

One of the big indicators at any given time as to how love and romance will turn out is the sign placement of Venus. At the beginning of the week, Venus moves from Sagittarius into Capricorn, and that’s pretty much astrological shorthand for “but seriously…” when it comes to your relationships. I’m normally a big fan of the sincerity and depth of Venus in Capricorn, but this month she’s going to have a bit of a rough ride there. If your love life runs smoothly this week, enjoy it while it lasts. The upcoming conjunctions of Venus to first Saturn and then Pluto are bound to make things rockier for you.

If you find yourself in a situation in your personal life that you either need to talk yourself out of or would like to talk yourself into, help is on the way. Mercury sextile Jupiter is excellent for creative self-expression. By the time that influence fades on Saturday, Mercury sextile Uranus will kick in. If that love letter of yours didn’t quite hit the mark, perhaps the added zing of an aspect to Uranus will give you the selling power you need.

If it seems that no matter what, if you just can’t find the right words to express what you’re feeling, then keep in mind that at the end of the week Mercury enters Pisces. Mercury in Pisces may not always be able to find the right words or remember where it left its keys, but it brings a soulful quality to your thoughts and words that may be just what you need.

Regardless of where you find yourself, in terms of your love life or otherwise, there is always a chance for new beginnings. Both symbolically and practically, in astrology that means the New Moon. This New Moon is conjunct Mercury and is sextile Jupiter in Sagittarius. It’s also a particularly powerful one because this, like last month’s Full Moon/Eclipse, is what’s called a “supermoon”. Unlike a Full Moon, a New Moon isn’t visible. But that does not at all mean that it doesn’t have an influence. Take advantage of this rare combination by setting out your intentions to clear up your thinking and make your goal-setting more discerning.

Finally: remember how I started out this forecast with saying something about getting down to business? The reason I said that is that next week brings us Valentine’s Day. Despite its reputation, Valentine’s Day is often a time when people’s love lives go off the rails, and astrologically? Tbere’s more than a few signs of that next week. Stay tuned…

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There are some pretty good transits happening this week that could give your love life a boost, but that may almost not be the point. A weekly forecast tends to examine the individual trees as they come along, but has a tendency to miss the forest. This week’s forecast, at least, provides some pretty distracting trees. I’ll get to this whole “forest” thing at the end of the forecast.

The week begins with Venus in Sagittarius coming off of its conjunction to Jupiter last week. That aspect is still in effect and still should provide a lot of optimism and good cheer, especially in matters of affection and finance. This, despite the fact that Sun conjunct Mercury is exact on Tuesday. Sun conjunct Mercury is an aspect that happens so often that it tends to get ignored, but it does have an effect. On the one hand, you may be getting a lot more bright ideas than usual. On the other hand, those ideas might be harder to express. Double check your work before you send that love letter.

The two major aspects happening this week that involve your love-life are clustered together on the weekend. On Friday, Mars square Pluto is exact. That will certainly have an effect when it comes to making people want to have sex more, but it’s not a comfortable aspect. If you meet a charming stranger at the nightclub, sure, your chances of getting some action are great. There’s also a much greater chance than usual of you getting stuck in the middle of a bar brawl.

Venus, still feeling the effects of that encounter with Jupiter, gets a little wild with things this weekend. Venus trine Uranus is exact on Saturday. When the sugar of Venus and the spice of Uranus join forces, new excitement can be brought to current relationships, and new bonds are more likely to form.

Sure, this all sounds reasonably good for a fun weekend. But remember that “bigger picture” thing that I mentioned? Through pretty much all of 2019, Saturn sextile Neptune has been in effect. This week, that aspect becomes exact.

Have you ever noticed that many great adventures involve an encounter with an older, wiser guide? Specifically, someone who shares some wisdom with a young hero or heroine and becomes an aide on the journey: a Merlin, an Obi-Wan, a Mister Miyagi, or a Dumbledore. So many stories reflect that idea because there is a lot of truth to it.

If in the last couple of years (or throughout your life in general) you have been in need of some guidance or some outside wisdom — whether or not it actually involves your love life — this week there is an increased probability that this person is going to show up in your life, or that you will find the help that you have been looking for all along. And wouldn’t that be great?

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Overall we’re looking at a pretty good week as far as your prospects for love and romance. So let’s just get the one bad bit of news out of the way first, and then move on to the good stuff.

Mars square Saturn is in effect throughout the week, and that can make for some difficult flare-ups (and shutdowns) with sex drives and tempers. Take it easy, and try to be forgiving of both your flaws and those of others. Sure, there will be some obstacles, but there’s bound to be a better way to deal with them than giving in to the urge to use your head as a battering ram — or maybe to knock someone else’s block off.

Fortunately, not all of the Mars news this week is difficult. As the influence of Mars square Saturn wanes, Mars trine Jupiter approaches. This is a time of renewed vigor and energy in both your everyday life and (more specifically) with your sex life. That aspect is exact on Friday, so the closer you aim to the end of the week for potential romantic adventure, the better.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff. Overall Venus is having an excellent week, despite the lingering hangover from Venus square Neptune. Funny thing about that square though: it may not be the most sensible of influences, but it can lay the groundwork for some excellent romantic opportunities. Venus in Sagittarius is generally a good placement for having a good time, and this week Venus gets a boost from the ruler of Sagittarius itself, Jupiter.

Venus conjunct Jupiter is exact on Tuesday, and fills the entire week with potential for fun-loving good times. If you like your love life to be spiced with a little adventure, this team-up in Sagittarius is probably just the thing you’ve been looking for.

So overall, good news, right? No need whatsoever to be in a big panic about the Super Blood Wolf Moon Lunar Eclipse in the first degree of Leo. Yes, despite all the scary sounding adjectives that apply to this particular lunation, for the most part this will simply mean that the usual mood swings that come with a Full Moon will be a little stronger than usual. But if you live in North America and have a clear sky where you live, it will make for a great show… exactly the sort of thing that Venus conjunct Jupiter in Sagittarius would love to stay up late and watch with you.

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You know how sometimes you will see someone on Facebook who has listed their relationship status as “complicated”? This should not come as a surprise, because most relationships (even good ones) get complicated every once in a while. Listing your relationship status as “complicated” can have a lot of meanings. It could be a desperate cry for attention. It could be an invitation to have someone new come into your life without finishing the current relationship first. It’s like a distress signal without any indication of what the emergency is or where it’s at. Frustrating, isn’t it?

Having said that, this week’s astrological love and romance outlook is… complicated.

On the one hand, we can thank Venus trine Mars for an overall increase in the urge to meet, greet, and mate… especially since both planets are in fire signs (Sagittarius and Aries, respectively). Add Mercury conjunct Pluto to that, and you could well expect the conversations on first dates and in single’s bars to be a little more to the point.

Sounds great, right? Not so fast there. Although Venus and Mars are doing great things for each other this week, both planets are in complicated relationships with other planets. Venus square Neptune is sweet and kind and caring, but it’s also completely unrealistic. This could be a week when a lot of relationships flare up quickly and then burn out soon afterwards.

We also have Sun square Uranus to deal with, which has an overall tendency to make people a little too impulsive for their own good.

What really makes all of the above interesting is that every aspect I’ve mentioned so far in this forecast is exact between Friday and Sunday… in other words, the time of the week when the most people are out there looking for love and romance.

Finally, if all of that isn’t wild enough for your taste, Mars is approaching the square to Saturn. That means that whatever you want out of your love life, assuming you can even figure that out, is probably going to be harder than average to get… and Venus is also approaching the conjunction to Jupiter, when one is going to feeling kinder and more receptive to romance. The punchline to all of this is that Jupiter square Neptune, which I talked about here last week, is still very much in effect. That aspect is going to give people all kinds of ideas about what they want out of life and love, but frankly? Getting real, lasting, and practical results is going to be like nailing Jell-O to the wall.

So, um, yeah. Complicated.

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This is one of those weeks that’s going to be a little hard to do justice within the context of a weekly horoscope. There is something much bigger brewing in the sky, and although it doesn’t come until the end of this forecast period, it’s big enough that I have to start with it.

Although Jupiter square Neptune is not exact until Sunday, its influence is a major player throughout the entire month, and indeed even beyond. Jupiter is the natural ruler of your life philosophy, higher practical values, and committed partnerships. Neptune is all about feelings and intuition and soulmates. Normally these two planets would sound like they were best drinking buddies, wouldn’t they? But the square aspect has a way of making even things that should work well together go wonky.

When it comes to love and romance, the implications are both delightful and perilous: a bit like a Venus flytrap. All else being equal, now is a good time to fall head over heels for a charming stranger. This of course is no guarantee that the charming stranger in question is the least bit good for you. On the other hand, sometimes an existing relationship requires a relatively excessive amount of forgiveness or compassion. If that’s the situation you find yourself in, Jupiter square Neptune could be pure gold.

On Monday, Venus enters Sagittarius. Venus in Scorpio was all serious and broody and perhaps a little jealous for its own good, but all of that is about to change. Venus in Sagittarius loves a good adventure, and Sagittarius in general is known for having a tendency to choose a good time over common sense. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Just remember that Venus in Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter and, as we established previously, Jupiter is not doing its clearest thinking right now. Thanks Neptune!

As is often the case, the results you get in your love life boil down to your communication skills, and there is some tough sledding that way this week. Mercury is undergoing two aspects this week that make thoughtful and wise communication a little harder than usual.

On Tuesday, Mercury square Mars is exact. This energy is a lot more at home with the idea of blurting out an insult or a hurtful comment than it is sticking to careful negotiations. Try to think through what you’re trying to say before you actually commit to the words you use.

On Sunday, Mercury conjunct Saturn is exact. If Mercury square Mars makes for ill communication, then Mercury conjunct Saturn holds the potential for unintentional relationship sabotage. If you want to fight for your right to make some noise, go right ahead: but you’ve been warned. It comes at the risk of misunderstandings of intergalactic proportions. So, hey ladies: figure out what’cha want before you ask someone to pass the mic.

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Year-End Party Season ends this week, and this is a time of year when many people have literal or figurative hangovers they just want to sleep off. Emotionally, that describes the mood for the upcoming weekend pretty nicely. But before we get to that, there is still New Year’s Day to get through… and that comes with plenty of potential for action.

On Monday, Mars enters Aries. This is usually considered to be a good placement for Mars, and overall as far as dating goes, it should serve to increase the urge to get out there and mingle. Mars in Pisces tended towards indecision and flip-flopping, and Mars can only put up with that sort of thing for so long. Of course, who you mingle with and how you choose to do it is entirely up to your discretion. By the way, Mars in Aries doesn’t do “discretion” particularly well, so be cautious of giving in to your impulses without stopping to think them through first. And if the whole “bold frontal assault” approach doesn’t work that well for you, Mars will be entering Taurus just in time for Valentine’s Day.

On Friday, Mercury enters Capricorn. That comes with a certain reputation for precision, intellectual rigor, and generally making sure you get your facts straight. This is a very good thing, because Mercury in Sagittarius had a bit too much of a tendency to lose its keys and forget important appointments.

For those of you who aren’t completely partied out after Christmas and New Year’s, the weekend will probably represent date night as usual. Unfortunately for you hardy few, this particular weekend is emotionally a bit of a mess. On Friday, there is a New Moon in Capricorn which is also a partial Solar Eclipse. The effects of an eclipse go beyond the scope of a weekly forecast, but I can tell you this much about this particular New Moon in Capricorn: pay attention to how things go in your personal life this weekend. This eclipse is within range of Pluto, and thus the upcoming Saturn-Pluto conjunction of 2020. Those gears have been grinding in your life for a couple of years now, and things are about to come to a head.

If none of this sounds like a particularly great time, you’re probably right. Fear not. Next week Uranus goes direct and then Venus enters Sagittarius. Hang on to your hat!

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Congratulations! You all get presents this year! And by the way, if your faith does not include Christmas, or you’re just one of the cool kids who doesn’t make a big deal out of it, it’s also Pancha Ganapati this week, which celebrates the Hindu god Ganesha. He’s the god of astrology by the way, so you’re getting presents whether you like it or not. That’s how transits work. Now sit down and start unwrapping. And no… if you don’t like them, you can’t return them.

For those of you easily befuddled by family gatherings this time of year, you get to enjoy Mercury square Neptune. That aspect is exact on Monday but affects most of the week. Any time Mercury and Neptune are at odds, you can count on there being some confusion and miscommunication. Neptune is strongly placed in the sign it rules, and that Mercury is still making up ground from the retrograde and is in Sagittarius (which is better for lipping off at people than careful communication). You know that argument during your family gathering about politics or religion or whatever that you were afraid was going to break out? Yeah, you’ve been warned.

For those of you who are hoping to get lucky either at a Christmas office party or at New Year’s? You receive the gift of Venus sextile Pluto. That aspect is exact on Friday but influences the entire week. There is a romanticism associated with New Year’s, and this year Venus sextile Pluto improves the odds that you will find someone who is experiencing that certain yearning.

So you see, it’s not a bad holiday week after all, is it? It’s not like there are going to be any old wounds opened up at Christmas or New Year’s parties just because there is more likely to be alcohol involved than usual, is there? Oh, wait. Mars conjunct Chiron is exact on Saturday, and fills the entire week with a little more potential than usual for having your feelings trampled — or for you to do the trampling.

Admit it: you already knew that because of seasonal activities, the chances of someone losing their cool with or near you was greater than average this week, and the astrology seems to support that notion. What to do? Be generous with your kindness and stingy with your criticism… both to others and to yourself. Cut yourself some slack. This is supposed to be a time of mercy and restored hope for both individuals and the world at large. Peace out, y’all, and see you back here in 2019!

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Once again, we face a week in which there are a lot of factors in play that can affect your love life for the better. And in a world that has clearly gone mad, isn’t a little love a good thing?

The week begins with a powerful aspect that will boost sexual attraction, and that aspect stays in effect all week long. Mars sextile Pluto carries a powerful charge in the bedroom, and it does a lot of good for your general drive and ambition as well. I sometimes pick on trines and sextiles as being “soft,” but let’s be honest here: if Mars and Pluto are in collusion with each other, “soft” is probably a good idea. This could be an excellent week to spice up your sex life or to find a new partner to play along with.

Going out on a date and getting someone’s attention naturally requires that you believe in yourself. Put another way: if you wouldn’t buy the product, why should anyone else? Sun trine Uranus is exact on Thursday (but can be felt throughout the week), and all else being equal, you are a little more likely than usual to appreciate the assets you have and be shiny enough for someone else to notice you.

A third influence extends throughout the entire week, and in a lot of ways it is probably the most important one when it comes to matters of traditional love and romance. On Friday, Venus trine Neptune sets the stage for a warm and blissful feeling, a fuzzy romanticism. Depending on your surroundings and the other aspects you are experiencing, this might feel a little like slipping into a warm bath made entirely of those incredibly hokey Hallmark Channel romance movies. And let’s be honest here: a thinking person probably shouldn’t admit to watching those things, but you do it and I do it. I won’t tell anyone if you don’t.

Two other events on Friday lend an added punch to your weekend dating scene. First, Mercury conjunct Jupiter is great for speaking up and expressing your feelings, especially the positive ones. Your gift of gab (and your pickup game) is likely to be strong.

Also of potential use on Friday, the Sun enters Capricorn. Regardless of your actual Sun sign, this is usually a good time of year to get a little more serious and focused. Capricorn isn’t all pinstripes and power suits all of the time, and they can party as hard as anyone (plus they usually remember where their keys are when they’re done!)

Finally, if you prefer your emotional style to be big and sensitive, you’ll probably enjoy the Full Moon in Cancer that is happening on Saturday. If you prefer running your life in a more orderly and contained manner when it comes to your emotions, be prepared for a few more outbursts than usual from either yourself or those around you.

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